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SEPTA kicks off $7.4 million station accessibility project


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) yesterday began work on a $7.4 million project to improve accessibility at its 40th Street Market Frankford Line Station.

Crews will perform various enhancements to make the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the installation of two elevators and four new head house entrances, SEPTA officials said in a press release.

The elevators will provide direct access from the street to the subway level fare line. Located at each corner of the station, head house entrances will feature new lighting, gates, and enhanced signage, SEPTA officials said.

The project is part of the agency's "Rebuilding for the Future" campaign to reinvest and rebuild the transit network.

"40th Street Station is a critical transit hub in West Philadelphia, providing important links for SEPTA's customers to the growing residential, educational, and medical campuses of University City," said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel, noting that all riders would benefit from the modernization improvements at the station.

The station serves almost 6,000 riders each weekday.

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